Ground Beef Recipes
It’s easy to list the favorite meals you can make with ground beef -- the most versatile of meats. Meatloaf, yes; a slow-cooked meat sauce or ragu for pasta, of course; and then there’s lasagna, meatballs, chili, and shepherd’s pie. But ground beef makes for fast dinners too -- just think of all the burger possibilities, tacos too. It’s a sure way to a crowd-pleasing meal and a budget-friendly route to dinner. Use our comprehensive collection of ground beef recipes for flavorful slow-cooked dinners as well as quick weeknight meals (try our fast picadillo chili). Be sure to keep a pound or two of ground beef in your freezer so you’ll always have the makings of dinner.
Perhaps no one dish represents grilling season better than the hamburger. This summer, perfect a classic recipe such as this iconic cheeseburger, or try a new twist with a version found in our recipe collection.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
Grilled Hamburgers with Goat CheeseIf your grill is large enough, you can cook everything at once. Give the hamburgers about a two-minute head start so that everything is ready to come off the grill at the same time.
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Italian Beef PotpiesKeep ground beef and homemade tomato sauce in your freezer (or use best-quality jarred sauce) for a biscuit-topped Italian rendition of shepherd's pie.
Ground-Meat MixThis yields enough for two of these recipes (or you can double it to make all four): Glazed Meatloaf, Skewered Greek Meatballs, Moroccan Hand Pies, and Vietnamese Kebabs. This versatile mixture can also be frozen on its own, so you can complete the recipes another time.
Classic Sloppy JoesSoft sandwich buns work best with this classic kid-friendly recipe -- as do chips and pickles. The beef mixture can also be served over pasta.
Chili RecipesA simmering pot of chili warms up any occasion -- set it out alongside bowls full of colorful toppings and crisp tortilla strips, and let guests help themselves. It's the quintessential recipe for both cozy family meals and stress-free entertaining, but let's not forget its status as one of the all-time best meals to freeze!
Taco CasseroleGround beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder bubble under a crunchy, gooey topping of tortilla chips and two cheeses in this quick and easy, kid-friendly casserole.
Beef TacosBeef tacos are fun to put together and delicious to eat. Fill the tortillas with lettuce and beef, then each person can add his or her favorite toppings.
Ground-Beef PiePrepare this savory pie of ground beef in phyllo dough ahead of time, and refrigerate overnight. Bake the next day and have an impressive main course or an excellent addition to a buffet table.
Moroccan-Style Stuffed Acorn SquashesHalved acorn squashes become built-in dishes for a Moroccan-inspired blend of extra-lean ground beef, bulgur, pine nuts, golden raisins, and cinnamon.
Beef and Cheddar Hand Pies
Spanish Rice with Ground Beef and Eggs
Vietnamese Kebabs with Sugarcane Skewers, Dipping Sauce, and Lettuce CupsLettuce wraps, sugarcane skewers, and add-ins such as lemongrass make tasty bundles bursting with the flavors of Southeast Asia. Sugarcane adds a hint of sweetness and an authentic touch, but wooden skewers make a fine stand-in -- just soak them in water for 20 minutes before using.
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Lars Bolander's Swedish MeatballsA hearty mixture of ground sirloin, pork, and veal form the base of this family recipe for Swedish meatballs from designer Lars Bolander.Recipe
Rigatoni and MeatballsEvery Italian-American grandma has a version of this sauce, served on Sunday. It's a thin, flavorful tomato puree served over rigatoni with meatballs, sausages, and any other meat that happens to be in the refrigerator.Recipe
Meatball PizzasThese personal pita-pizzas cook up nice and crisp.Recipe
Sweet Potatoes with Taco FillingThis recipe reinvents the stuffed, baked potato with a Southwestern twist, using our Taco Filling on top of a sweet-potato base.Recipe
Meatball SoupYou can use spinach or escarole in this soup as well.Recipe
Southwestern Skillet PieThis one-pot dish is full of flavor. It takes inspiration from Tex-Mex tacos and pot pies for the ultimate in comfort food.Recipe
Aged-Cheddar-and-Swiss CheeseburgersFor these burgers, Martha loves Milton Creamery's Prairie Breeze cheddar and Challerhocker Swiss, both available at Murray's Cheese. Grate the horseradish and add it to the cheeses right before grilling; it quickly loses its potency once grated.Video
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Italian Pot PiesKeep ground beef and homemade tomato sauce in your freezer (or use best-quality jarred) for our biscuit-topped Italian rendition of shepherd's pie.Recipe
Fresh Fettuccine with Quick Meat SauceThis is a satisfying pasta dish when you don't have a lot of time to spare.Recipe
Meat Loaf SandwichesMeat loaf is delicious warm or cold. These sandwiches came to us courtesy of Ford Roberts of Las Vegas, Nevada.Recipe
Lighter Blue-Plate SpecialOur comforting menu of lean sirloin meatloaf and low-fat buttermilk mashed potatoes is as hearty as the diner original - but better for you.Recipe
Basic Meat SauceThis meat sauce has slow-cooked flavor (without requiring hours at the stove).Recipe
Moroccan Hand Pies with Eggplant and ApricotsGet a handle on dinner with these portable pies. Dried apricots and harissa, a North African chile sauce, lend sweetness and heat to the meaty filling of these buttery, flaky hand pies. Harissa brands vary in intensity, so taste yours first. If it seems fiery, start with a little, and cook a portion of the meat to test it.Recipe
Ragu BologneseUse this rich meat sauce to make our Lasagna Bolognese.AdvertisementAdvertisementRecipe
DolmasOne jar of grape leaves will provide more than enough for this recipe. Discard any that are torn or blemished.Recipe
Mexican Meatball SoupMeatballs and rice make this hearty, home-cooked soup substantial enough to serve on its own.Recipe
Beef PattiesThese "hamburgers" of Jamaica are found on every corner in towns throughout the country. Prepared by few Jamaicans at home, patties are usually enjoyed as an on-the-go treat. Yet they are simple and economical to make. Keep some uncooked in the freezer, and then bake them (for about fifteen minutes) as you need them. You can make them smaller to serve as appetizers. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).